TechCrunch: The Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association warns that restricting online access would be ruinous for the region

TechCrunch: The Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association warns that restricting online access would be ruinous for the region. “After Hong Kong’s leader suggested she may invoke emergency powers that could potentially include limiting internet access, one of the city’s biggest industry groups warned that ‘any such restrictions, however slight originally, would start the end of the open Internet of Hong Kong.'”

NPR: China Intercepts WeChat Texts From U.S. And Abroad, Researcher Says

NPR: China Intercepts WeChat Texts From U.S. And Abroad, Researcher Says. “Chinese cyberspace is one of the most surveilled and censored in the world. That includes WeChat. Owned by Tencent, one of China’s biggest companies, the chat-meets-payment app has more than 1 billion monthly users in China and now serves users outside the country, too, although it does not divulge how many. Researchers say its use abroad has extended the global reach of China’s surveillance and censorship methods.”

EConsultancy: Can ByteDance’s new search engine succeed despite the decline of search in China?

EConsultancy: Can ByteDance’s new search engine succeed despite the decline of search in China?. “It’s a classic battle of old versus new, David versus Goliath. No other search engine comes close to threatening Baidu’s dominance – its closest rivals, Sogou and Shenma, hold 11% and 5% market share respectively, according to Global Stats – and hasn’t for years. But Toutiao Search seems like it might be the candidate to unseat Baidu. However, a bigger question arising from the news is: does search in China really matter in 2019?”

ScreenRant: China Accused of Using Twitter Bots To Promote Disney’s Mulan After Hong Kong Backlash

ScreenRant: China Accused of Using Twitter Bots To Promote Disney’s Mulan After Hong Kong Backlash. “China is reportedly using Twitter bots to promote Mulan after Hong Kong backlash. The new live-action remake of Disney’s hit 1998 animated feature, Mulan, is due to arrive in theatres next spring. Lately, however, the film has been hit with a substantial bit of controversy over allegiances in the ongoing Hong Kong protests.”

BuzzFeed News: These New Facebook Ads From Chinese State Media Want You To Believe Xinjiang’s Muslim Internment Camps Are Just Great

BuzzFeed News: These New Facebook Ads From Chinese State Media Want You To Believe Xinjiang’s Muslim Internment Camps Are Just Great. “Extending the reach of its propaganda beyond its borders, Chinese state-owned media is running ads on Facebook seemingly designed to cast doubt on human rights violations occurring under the government’s mass incarceration of Muslim minorities in the country’s northwest Xinjiang region.”